Southern India 2019 – 6

It is six thirty in the morning and I find myself drinking a cup of coffee with a Frenchman, he is going to look at elephants and I am going for a walk in the jungle – well more like a forest really. The Periyar Tiger Reserve covers an area of just over nine hundred…

Southern India 2019 – 5

Still catching up… After our late night at the Meenakshi ceremony we had an early alarm so as to be on the road at nine o’clock as we transfer to the Western Ghats in Kerala. Much of the day being spent in a car there’s really not that much to write about other than to…

Southern India – 4

I’m now one day behind as we were very late back last night so I didn’t have the time nor inclination to blog then. So what have we been up to? In the morning we enjoyed an unhurried breakfast for a change and Bala collected us from the hotel; as this is his home town…

Southern India 2019 – 2

After travelling from the UK overnight and then on by car from Chennai to Mallapuram and then going to see the Shore Temple and the wonderful carvings by the time we got to bed last night we were both absolutely worn out. I think we both fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the…

Southern India – 1

When we visited India in 2017 we really thought that it would be our last trip, then I started thinking about a trip to the Darjeeling area and then I saw a programme on television about the culture and temples of Southern India and suddenly we were going again. This probably WILL be the last…

To Rouen, in search of King Richard.

Curiously we left Poitiers in the rain, this is becoming a habit. It eventually cleared and we actually had sunshine for the last part of our journey. Knowing that our hotel in Rouen didn’t have any parking I phoned ahead for the location of the nearest public parking, Googled it for coordinates and let SatNav…

To Poitiers

Unbelievably it’s another day without rain as we set off to head home; our first stop on the return journey is to be Poitiers, a city we’ve passed by before but a convenient place for us to break our homeward journey. To be honest it was a simple reversal of our outward journey except that…

Bayonne – Third Day

After the watery awfulness of yesterday we went to bed hoping for better things to come. Waking a couple of times during the night I noticed that………..it had stopped raining. When we got up this morning it was still not raining. Then, in the middle of breakfast, it chucked it down all over again! This…

Bayonne – Second Day

I’m rather afraid that there’s not much to say about today as it’s been a complete washout. Not just raining but absolutely chucking it down from dawn to dusk, this was the view from our window this morning. We delayed breakfast as long as we could but sooner or later you have to do something;…

Bayonne – First Day

Well Bayonne has a much more relaxed feel to it, nobody seems to be in very much of a rush at all and that suits me when I’m on holiday. A few overnight showers had cleared but the day started very overcast and with the River Nive in slack water I was able to get…